Dust devil touches down in Brooklyn park

Dust Devil Touches Down in Brooklyn Park
Dust Devil Touches Down in Brooklyn Park

A dust devil descended upon Brooklyn's McCarren Park on August 10, surprising local residents who were out enjoying the sunshine. A few onlookers ran toward the small twister that touched down in Williamsburg, a neighborhood known for its "hipsters." Michael Gambale, who captured this video, cautioned, "No, don't go in the middle!"

According to the official definition of a dust devil from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it's a "small, rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up. Also called a whirlwind, it develops best on clear, dry, hot afternoons."

Gambale told Mother Jones that he was just relaxing in the park with friends when it occurred. "It was amazing," he said. "I had my ... double rainbow' moment."​

As for the guy who ran into the middle of it? "He just got all dusty," Gambale says.

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